Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Bonnie Leon's Touching the Clouds ~ Reviewed

Touching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Pages: 367 Trade Paperback
Date Published: July 2010
Publisher: Revell Books


Author Bonnie Leon takes readers to new heights in her latest book, Touching the Clouds, the first book in the new Alaskan Skies series.

Leon introduces readers to Kate Evans, an adventurous and independent young woman with a pioneering spirit. When she leaves her home in Washington State to follow her dream of being an Alaskan bush pilot, she knows it will be an uphill battle. But she never expected it to be quite like this. As the lone woman in a man's world, she finds that contending with people's expectations is almost as treacherous as navigating the wild arctic storms.

When she crosses paths with a mysterious man living alone in the forbidding wilderness, she faces a new challenge. Can Kate break through the walls he has put up around his heart? And will fear keep her from realizing her dreams?

Book 1 in the Alaskan Skies series, Touching the Clouds
will draw readers in with raw emotion and suspense,
all against the stunning backdrop of the Alaskan wilds
during the 1930s.


Bonnie Leon is one of those authors that gives it all to her readers. There is suspense that makes you keep on reading. Romance that makes you struggle and route for certain characters and mumble for others to get out the way. There is adventure that makes your heart soar. Descriptions are painted that make you emotions rise and your imagination smile. As a reader, hearing the water trickle whether it is from a lake, beach or snow melting all come through clearly as well as the birds in the air and wolves in the brush.

Without a doubt this novel is well researched and diligently written. I have enjoyed every single page and twist in the story. Nerves wracked and wondering when "it" would happen and what would come next. Kate had my support through her antagonistic co-worker(s) and Paul had my heart and my craving for his past to fall away to open him to a new future. It is amazing how characters' lives can be so similar, yet so different as well. The people on the page came off the page with ease and into my heart.

Every minute spent in the Alaskan brush was an adventure and I cannot wait for more in the series and more from Bonnie. Highly recommended!

*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*

Reviewed by: Margaret Chind

Bonus Review:

Bonnie Leon immerses the reader in the intriguing and perilous world of Alaskan bush pilots in the first of her Alaskan Skies novels, Touching the Clouds. The Alaskan wilderness came alive with effortless descriptions of locations and people and the unique challenges faced by those living in such a remote location. I loved that Kate was so passionate about her career and had to fight hard in such a man's world for opportunities and recognition. The tender romance and light suspense of Touching the Clouds has peaked my interest in this series and I will be eagerly looking out for more.

Reviewed by: Rel Mollet

Bonus Review:

This book was a fun fast paced tale of one girl's search for purpose outside of societies expectations.  When Kate Evans leaves behind the predictable pace of life with her parents on their apple orchard in Washington, she's also leaving behind any hope of a safe and predictable future with her fiance'.  But in Alaska, she comes across more obstacles than she anticipated in her work and relationships...particularly those romantic in nature.  I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading what happens in the rest of this series!

Reviewed by: Rachael Schnitker


Kelli Standish said...

If you enjoyed Touching the Clouds, you might be interested in the contest Bonnie Leon is running on her web site right now to promote book two, Wings of Promise. The winner receives a $350 Escape to Alaska prize package with some really cool gifts in it.

You can see the contest here:

:) Kelli

Belgie said...

This is the story of "Fearless Kate". A pilot since she was little Kate is running away to the great north of Alaska to find adventure and escape her past. Once there she discovers that the glamorous stories she heard of life as a bush pilot are exaggerated. It is dangerous territory, fraught with winds, storms, and deadly winters. However, Kate also finds love and friendship. She finds a sense of community she has never felt elsewhere. And she finds the adventure her heart so desperately seeks. Will she be able to escape her past or must she face it before it threatens to destroy her?